When the new USDA food guidelines came out showing a plate to replace the traditional “food pyramid”, I was disturbed to see a separate circle to the right of the plate that said “dairy”. In my extensive nutritional and biomedical education, I never remember learning that dairy was a nutritional food category. It is a combination of fat, protein, and carbohydrate. Now, the USDA has put it into its own, new category of healthy food. I was highly suspicious that the dairy lobbyists had done a fantastic job of convincing the USDA that this was necessary.
Now, Harvard researchers have stepped up and said that dairy IS NOT a part of a healthy diet and “that high intake can increase the risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer.” The experts also talked about the high levels of saturated fats in dairy and that there are many plant based options to get adequate levels of calcium.
I am also not a fan of dairy because of the high incidence of sensitivity to dairy that I see in my practice. In fact, I have seen numerous cases of babies suffering from colic that have had some relief from removing dairy from either mom’s diet, or from choosing an alternative formula.
It is my hope that more research will continue to support a realistic look at nutrition and that the continued emphasis on including dairy in the diet will be eliminated.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to “Ask Dr. Tara“.